Updated: Apr 6, 2022
In the world today, many youth are left with fear, anxiety and isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus is also a serious mental health problem. The stress of the pandemic can exacerbate the symptoms of people who are already suffering from mental illness, as well as trigger mental illnesses such as anxiety in others. While we must maintain physical isolation, we do not need to maintain social distance as a community in modern times because we can safely communicate online. There are still a variety of ways to communicate with one another, including calling, texting, and Facetime.
While maintaining social isolation and distancing, there are many other things youth can do to keep occupied. Such as: take pictures, go for a walk, write, read, bake, cook, spend time with family, play games, exercise at home, watch movies, and so on.
In northern, rural and remote communities, such as Pinehouse, finding solitude is often fairly easy to do. We recommend youth and people to get outside at least once a day on their own, and go for a walk on the track or out onto the lake while keeping your distance. Try connecting with nature, even taking pictures. Share your pictures with others. Get some exercise and vitamin D as long as you can do it safely, distancing yourself from others, and remembering to wash your hands as directed.
"Yesterday we started a challenge for Canadians to build their bubble of protection & #StayInsideYourBubble. We need to maintain this zone of protection around us to keep COVID-19 out. Ideally, each of us builds our own 2-metre radius bubble. But couples, families, & other cohabitants can create a bubble with 2, 4 or more people all keeping to one bubble." -Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Medical Health Officer
We'd love to see your physical distancing bubbles Saskatchewan!
If you are ever feeling sad, confused, anxious, alone, or have any concerns or questions, we encourage you to contact:
Call a counsellor: 1-800-668-6868
Text CONNECT to 686868